COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Supporters of an Ohio marijuana legalization measure can now collect signatures to put the proposed constitutional amendment on a future statewide ballot.
The Ohio Ballot Board on Thursday approved the "Marijuana Rights and Regulations" amendment as a single issue. The amendment would give people age 21 and older a constitutional right to possess, produce, transport, use and share cannabis. The amendment allows the state legislature to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation and sales.
The group backing the amendment, Ohio Families for Change, would need to collect at least 305,591 signatures of registered Ohio voters by July 4 to qualify for the November ballot. The group is targeting the November 2019 ballot, consultant to the campaign Jonathan Varner said.
"We have a broad coalition of support and will be spending these next few months reaching out to voters to collect the signatures needed to be on the ballot," Varner said in a statement. "We are confident that Ohio voters will overwhelmingly support the proposal."
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